Jen Fineran's documentary about my work has won best short documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival in Oct. of 2016 and at the Illuminate Film Festival In Sedona,AZ. in June 2017 it has also played in film festivals in Milan, Madrid, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Wichita and N.Y.C.
This 13 minute short documentary is a must see for artists, psychologists, mystics, healers and therapists. It shows the journey of an artist through hell and the return to a more spiritual life.It touches on many themes such as depression and astrology.
A Pictorial Biography
The first 2 paintings are copies of a Cezanne and a Soyer that I did and then decided to go to the Art Students League of NY and pursue an art career. The next 2 pieces are student portraits of models. The rest are all automatic paintings, with no preconceived ideas, a technique I still use to this day.
35 Year Evolution
The beginning, the descent then and into the light. A pictorial bio of the first 35 years of an artist's life set to the haunting music of Bela Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.
"I regard him as one of
the most brilliant of the younger American painters. He is moving with great courage in a direction that few others find themselves able to go. A certain flatness has come over American culture and in American painting....Mark Weiss, by his tremendous skill in color and gesture, is able to move convincingly into a place where the demons and divinities can be seen by us all."
— Robert Bly, poet and author of" Iron John," 1996
"Mark Weiss is a kind of
sea diver. His stunning paintings extricate underworld gifts that few artists have the aptitude to even contemplate, let alone find. He has a loyalty to his practice and its mysteries that place him far outside the village of modern art, but directly in the line of a much older tradition. The paintings both lure us forward with a hint of boar's tusk and raven's eye, but also contain many dark holes through which our imagination flies free and mischievous. The work is a rare gift to a troubled world."
-Martin Shaw, director of the Westcounty School of Myth and Story and author of "A Branch From the Lightning Tree" 2009
"Mark Weiss is an artist
of immense promise; he is vastly talented and to his natural endowments he adds intelligence, curiosity, diligence, determination and the rare ability to sustain complex work over a long period of time." Leonard Baskin, artist, sculptor of the FDR memorial in Wash. D.C. 1997
"....his paintings have an ancient and honorable view and probably more true than we think in this age of electronic management." The Indianapolis News, 1988
"Mark's painting's have aquality that exists in the best music; an irrational, non verbal evocation of primal emotion. His paintings make me want to sing." Elizabeth Brown, composer 2008
"..his images appear with great freshness, as if no one has ever tried such a thing before. I think only the German expressionists heave work comparable in intensity." Robert Bly, 2008
"The Invisible World"
Jen Fineran's documentary about my work has won best short documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival in Oct. of 2016 and at the Illuminate Film Festival In Sedona,AZ. in June 2017.It has also played in film festivals in Milan, Madrid, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Wichita and N.Y.C.